In other billionaire news today, a controversial and ostentatious Australian is supposedly planning a real-life Jurassic Park, complete with cloned dinosaurs. Clive Palmer, who also wants to build a modern-day Titanic replica, has held talks with the scientists who cloned Dolly the sheep, reports Australia's Sunshine Coast Daily.
Palmer, a mining magnate, owns a luxury resort on the Sunshine Coast, in southern Queensland on Australia's Pacific side. He would put the dinosaurs in his new resort there, the Daily reports. There are no named sources in the article about this effort, however, with the newspaper citing someone "close to Palmer's inner circle."
Other plans for the resort apparently call for a sky needle and a mega Ferris wheel like the London Eye, and a focus on clientele from the Middle East. But the cloned-dino idea is obviously the most eyebrow-raising. Palmer would not answer questions about it and is holding a press conference on Friday, so we'll see what he says then.
Palmer said earlier this year that he wanted to build a "Titanic II," as close a replica as possible to the fated ship but with modern technology. If all goes as he plans, the vessel would sail from London to New York in 2016, according to the BBC.
Palmer would not be the first to discuss cloning dinosaurs. The book and movie "Jurassic Park" certainly popularized the idea, but scientists really are trying to resurrect extinct animals. Researchers in Russia, Korea and Japan say they're planning to bring mammoths back by injecting their DNA into elephants. (This idea is controversial and doubted by many, to say the least.) There's not enough dino DNA to do this, but the paleontologist Jack Horner is famously trying to genetically engineer their descendants — birds — to have more dinosaur-like qualities. Perhaps a future Australian seaside resort will play host to flocks of Chickenosaurus, which you can view through self-driving Land Rovers.
They can`t even clone a mammoth let alone ancient dinosaurs.
But if they do find a way i`ll be the first inline to see them. Make sure their all female so they can`t reproduce. Completely safe :)
@D13 Because dinosaurs. Does more really need to be said?
@D13. Here's an idea for you since you seem like a pretty intelligent person. Stop whining, go out and take some huge risks like this guy surely did, make your billions and YOU save the endangered species. I'll never understand why certain people hate the rich and even more so why certain people think THEY know better what to do with the money the rich person worked for. At least they're not asking for handouts.
Btw - This guy is doing one better than saving an endangered species. He's bring and extinct one back. You know; the species that was endangered, died off and made way for today's animals...some of which are endangered, will die off and make way for tomorrow's animals. There's your freaking spoon.
@D13, I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately, your going to find that most of the people who want this park are not going to be the types who care about protecting species. All they want is the next big thing that will entertain them for five minutes and then get bored and move on. The same way people get bored at zoo's looking at Elephants and Tigers. I wouldn't worry too much though, cloning dinosaurs is not likely to happen anytime soon anyway.
that's patently not true. They have found soft tissue inside some petrified bones they thought was impossible to occur in reality it HAS happened they have found bits of DNA in those soft tissues. Whether or not they will ever find enough to snip together the real Dino is open to conjecture--it is NOT impossible!
Perhaps as the Clone Dinosaurs break loose of their confinements and with global warming they can reclaim the planet back as their own, if the warmer climate fulfills their needs.
It's as easy to predict the success of this idea as it is to spoil the plot of a 50's horror movie. No good will come from this.
@D13 If he can actually get this to work then he could very likely bring back said species if they're extinct later. Not much of a difference if they're saved now or resurrected later in my opinion. What he finds could also help saving endangered species. Also...are we why these endangered species are becoming extinct or is it because of the environment in which they exist. I'm sure it's different for each of the species, but what he's doing isn't really all that different from what you're proposing. Right or wrong, your both interfering with natural selection. Also, his research may help with the saving of said endangered species, just because his focus is on bringing back dinosaurs doesn't mean that's all it will be useful for.
i will finally be able to live my dream of hunting t-rex with an abrams tank yeeeeeesssssss
Not sure what dinosaur meat taste like, but that could be a perfect solution to the global food crisis. One Brontosaurus could provide tons of meat.
Didn't he watch the movie?
do you own a car d13? because if you do, think of the thousands of african kids you could feed with the money from that one investment, so stop b!tching about how other people spend their money just because they are "rich" because rich is relative and there wouldnt be any rich without people like you buying cars, ipods, nikes etc. the rich have made their contributions to the world, and we via our money have voted on whos contributions are most valuable, now they get to do the same.
Sure, that's how it starts - oohs, aahs. But later there's running and screaming.
That's really interesting.
Cloning a Mammoth is only being held back by funding and a few final tests that are being contested by people against any manner of cloning. From there, enough dino DNA now exists of the T-Rex to make its cloning something no longer outside the realm of eventual possibility.
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I think that this is a very bad idea,why would anyone try to bring back animals that are more than likely dangerous and will if given the smallest chance,escape and do harm to people.There is a chance that what flaws happened in the movie,could really take place if they actually do go through with this and are able to bring the dinosaurs back.And I know there are dangerous animals now,but they are not animals that are the size of two and three story buildings and up.Well except for whales,and elephants.
What is it with the rich and disasters though? Take this guy, for instance. Both events in history were disasters, the dying of the dinos and the ship. Or is it the two disaster movies we are really talking here? Spielberg throwing his hat in? This cloning attempt seeks to create life for entertainment and financial exploitation only, which should, I think, be considered a truly low concept or practice. Unworthy of a truly moral and self accountable human.